The Atlantic has a nice write-up of some of 2012’s most-watched legal stories. Among the items given honors are issues of drone strikes, gay marriage, and legalization of marijuana in some states. There is also mention of the significant lack of federal judges in some districts due to some members of the Senate refusing to vote on the confirmation of new judges:

Responding to the grave economic cost of this delay and uncertainty, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in March that he wouldn’t allow an up-or-down vote on 17 such judicial nominees….

Some of the stories have ended, but many are issues that will continue on into 2013 (and likely beyond). Lawyerist will continue to keep you abreast of legal developments important to practitioners.

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